As Queen Elizabeth II’s health worsened on Thursday, all eyes seemed to be on the British royal family, with many staring at the monarch’s grandson Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex.
The former senior royals have made headlines since stepping down from royal duties in January 2020, and have become a common scapegoat for many of the monarchy’s recent high-profile headaches. (Even more so than her son Prince Andrew’s sex crime-related problems.)
When Buckingham Palace announced Thursday that the 96-year-old ruler had been placed under medical supervision at Scotland’s Balmoral Castle because doctors were “concerned for Her Majesty’s health,” the whereabouts of the heirs to the throne came to the fore. Shortly thereafter, the Palace announced that the longest-lived and longest reigning monarch in British history had died peacefully at her summer residence in Scotland, ending the second Elizabethan age.
Now-King Charles III, 73, is likely to be officially crowned in the coming months.
That New York Times reported that Prince Harry – who is now fifth in line to the British throne after his brother Prince William and William’s three children – made the journey to Balmoral. Meghan would remain in England but still not attend Thursday’s WellChild Awards. William’s wife, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, stayed in Windsor with their three children.
But claims of a rift still shrouded British and American media. Since announcing their departure from the crown, other senior royals have been “hurt” by Harry and Meghan’s decision. More royal scandals followed, as well as the death of the Queen’s husband, Prince Philip, last year. But headlines remained about the tribute of Harry and Meghan’s bombshell interview with Oprah Winfrey, along with others about the couple struggling to find a foothold abroad, and how Harry was also reportedly hurt when the Queen didn’t take a picture of his family in inserted her 2019 Christmas speech.
Still, Harry sometimes tried to paint a prettier picture, appearing on the Today show in April to say that he and his grandmother “have a really special relationship. We talk about things she can’t talk about with anyone else.”
And despite royal intrigues, the Sussexes had reportedly remained close to the Queen, even naming their second child, daughter Lilibet, after her.
Speculation continued to rage across the internet this week, with observers blaming his wife and blaming the former ‘Suits’ actor for the Queen’s declining health and her death, coupled with scathing reviews of the Duchess’ new Spotify podcast and how he has cast even more shadows in the company.
Of course, social media was full of them accusations and memesbut many also came to Meghan’s defense.
Here’s a look at some of the discourses:
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-09-08/prince-harry-and-meghan-are-blame-for-queen-elizabeths-death-but-should-they Queen Elizabeth death: Twitter argues over Harry and Meghan